||Disasters at Sea; the books,
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of books which put you on the scene of shipping
disasters of the 20th Century, both in war and
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PAPERBACK SITE Brilliant!
William Hoffer, Pan paperback (see above) 1981, hardback
So far my personal
favourite for its brilliant recreation of the sinking of
the ANDREA DORIA after its collision with the STOCKHOLM.
July the 25th, 1956. I remember few events so early in my
life and this is the most memorable. Arguably Italy's
most beautiful and modern ship, the ANDREA DORIA was,
just as the TITANIC was, regarded as 'unsinkable'. The
book itself I read in one night, the entire 224 pages,
unusual for this reader. J's Rating: 100%
AT SEA By James Croall, Day paperback (see above) 1981,
hardback Stein & Day, 1980.
The last voyage of
the EMPRESS OF IRELAND which came to grief on the St
Lawrence River May the 28th, 1914. It would sink in 14
minutes with a greater loss of life than the TITANIC
after coming into collision with the Norwegian coal
freighter STORSTAD. An in-depth account of the event
and aftermath. 237 pages. J's Rating 70%
By Thomas Gallagher, Pan paperback 1962, hardback
Frederick Muller, 1959.
On a night
in September, 1934, MORRO CASTLE burst into
flames off the New Jersey coast. The fire raced
through the superstructure and soon hundreds of
passengers and crew had either drowned, been
burnt to death, or were floundering in the sea.
Was the fire planned or accidental? Why had the
captain died mysteriously a few hours earlier? Though
lacking the page by page excitement of SAVED!,
this book, slow to begin due to the theoretical
nature of the author's investigation into the
whys and wherefores, is intensely interesting.
The author lists every known passenger and crew
member, together with their injuries and whether
or not they survived. 192 pages, illust.
J's rating 90%
IN THE SKY
By Ralph Barker, Pan paperback 1977, hardback
William Kimber, 1976.
"dramas of the air". The cover
illustrates the rescue of the survivors from the
'Bermuda Sky Queen' which permits this book an
entry on the page! Well-documented dramas of
the air, mostly, with some amazing survival
tales. Includes a useful list of sources.
206 pages, illust.
J's rating 75%
By Keith Jameson, Monach Books paperback USA,
1962, 1st edition
Great Sea Disasters,
illustrations from WIDE WORLD
MORRO CASTLE, VOLTURNO, TITANIC, ATLANTIC, ANDREA
DORIA, VESTRIS, LUSITANIA and EMPRESS OF IRELAND.
More in-depth accounts would appear later on of
several of the above disasters, but this gives
more concise reports which are often of more
interest. 174 pages, illust. Overall, a good book.
J's rating 80%.
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